Follow the latest news on the war in Gaza live
MADRID, Feb 12. (.) –
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has highlighted the importance of the rescue of two Israeli hostages in Rafah last night as being a “turning point” in the war, but has warned that the majority of the hostages will be released by agreements. and not by military operations.
“There will be more operations,” Gallant stated during an event with agents from the elite Yoav police unit, in charge of the rescue of Fernando Simón Marman and Norberto Louis Har. “Hamas is vulnerable. Hamas is penetrable. It is possible to go anywhere and do anything,” Gallant said, according to The Times of Israel.
Gallant pointed out that “there are still hostages and we have to get to them.” “The majority will not come back like this. I hope it will be through agreement processes. But who knows how many times (a rescue operation) will be necessary and under what circumstances,” he said.
Since the November truce with the exchange of hostages for prisoners, there have been no new agreements between Israel and Hamas despite international diplomatic efforts.
This same Monday, the Israeli Finance Minister, the far-right Bezalel Smotrich, urged the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, not to go to Cairo to negotiate releases.
“He should not send the head of the Shin Bet, Ronan Bar, to Cairo but rather Rafa along with his men and the soldiers of the Israeli Armed Forces to destroy the Nazi terrorists of Hamas as he did last night,” he stated.
“Instead of sending the head of the Mossad – secret services – to Qatar, he should send him to eliminate the heads of Hamas around the world,” he stressed on X, formerly Twitter.